The process from beginning to end follows a strict sequence of events. The petition is lodged with the Court, which forwards it to the respondent. As well as the petition, the respondent receives a divorce pack including an acknowledgment of service form, which is completed with the aid of a lawyer and then returned to Court. On receipt, the same form is sent to the petitioner, who drafts and swears an affidavit confirming that the contents of the petition are true and files the affidavit with the Court, together with a request for the decree nisi to be pronounced.
6 weeks after the pronouncement of the decree nisi, the petitioner can apply for the decree absolute and finalise the divorce. The respondent cannot apply for the decree absolute until 4 and a half months have passed from the date of the decree nisi, and then only with the Court’s permission.
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